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Crime down in 2014, but up in some areas

January 4, 2015 5:50 pm by

After what seemed like rash of property crimes across a swath of the area to end the year, I was curious to see how this year’s numbers for the East End compared to last year.

I pulled the “ALL CRIME TYPES” data from the Richmond Police Department’s Crime Incident Information Center for the period of January 1 – December 31 for 2013 and 2014 for the 17 neighborhoods that are covered to some degree here on CHPN.

Short answer: the total number of reported incidents is down about 3.4% (from 5,231 in 2013 to 5,053 in 2014). Notably, while there were 10 homicides in the East End in 2013, there was a historic low of 4 in 2014.

This drop in crime is not even across the area, however. The number of incidents in Fairfield, Mosby, and Whitcomb is way down – over 18% (to 1,279 from 1,562). Chimborazo, Church Hill North, Oakwood, and Union Hill, however, have collectively seen an increase of just over 19% (from 945 to 1,171).

Neat fact from the most recent New Visions Civic League meeting: the rise in total numbers for Fairmount is almost completely accounted for by increased reporting in shoplifting from the Family Dollar at 25th and Fairmount.

I looked for neighborhood population numbers, but was not able to find a reliable source. If anyone knows where to get that information, please let me know.

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Percent change in total incidents 2014 vs 2013

Percent change in total incidents 2014 vs 2013

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Neighborhood Crime 2013/2014 (click to view larger)

Neighborhood Crime 2013/2014 (click to view larger)


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